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Bridget Johnson


November 6, 2012 - 11:42 pm

The loss for Mitt Romney wasn’t the only notable defeat for Republicans on election night.

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) was trailing by fewer than 2,400 votes to Democratic newcomer Patrick Murphy with 99 percent of votes counted.

The Tea Party freshman had 49.6 percent of the vote to Murphy’s 50.4 percent.

NBC called the race for Murphy, but there hasn’t been any concession.

In Minnesota, Tea Party Caucus founder Rep. Michele Bachmann was fighting for her seat. With 85 percent of the vote counted, Bachmann had 50 percent of the vote to 50 percent for Democratic hotel executive Jim Graves.

And in Florida, the Democratic congressman who infamously said “Republicans want you to die quickly” during the ObamaCare debate came back from the political grave.

Rep. Alan Grayson was kicked out of office in the 2010 midterm rout, but won Tuesday night in a redrawn district.

In Utah, Tea Party favorite Mia Love had 48.1 percent of the vote to 49.3 percent for Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) with 100 percent of the vote counted.

And a Tea Party Republican voted into office in 2010, Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), lost his seat to Democrat Tammy Duckworth, 54.7 percent to 45.3 percent.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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